Optimist Advanced

Objective:

Introduce intermediate sailors to advanced sailing techniques and off-pond inter-club racing.

Duration:

4-week or 8-week sessions

Previous Experience or Knowledge:

Completion of Intermediate Optimist class.

Sailors must be able to complete a swim test

Age Group:

Sailors must be 9 years old at start of class. Verification of birth date may be required.

Boat and equipment:

Ideally, sailors will own an Opti for this class, though they may still rent from WYC.

USCG approved personal flotation device (PFD) (life jacket)

Assessment:

Sailors will hone skills outlined in the US Sailing Small Boat Performance Sailor Certification Record Book (“The Little Green Book”) and work toward a much better understanding of the Racing Rules of Sailing and be prepared to handle a protest on the race course and in the protest room.

Days and Times:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday (ECSA Regatta Day) 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (typical)

Wednesday Races 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. races

By the end of this class, sailor should be able to do the following:

Sailing:
  • Advanced boat handling techniques, including roll-tacking and controlled jibe.
  • Clear understanding of both 3- and 5-minute race starts.
  • Clear understanding of different race courses, including trapezoid.
  • Willingness to travel to local and possibly regional regattas.

 

Rigging:
  • Rig your sail and boat for performance in all wind conditions.
  • Make decisions about how to tune your sail and boat independently.

 

Knots and Seamanship:
  • Demonstrate a greater understanding of the Racing Rules of Sailing and nautical flags used on a course.
  • Identify and understand the government marks of channels.
  • Learn how to tie down your boat for travel on your car or on the trailer.